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168. In Go(o)d's Faith

By Giulio D'Ercole

On one of my three photo trips to Rome during the lockdowns, I walked into a wonderful ancient church in Rome, Santa Maria in Trastevere. The church is located in one of the most traditional, best known, and most touristy districts of Rome: Trastevere. This time the neighborhood was deserted, silent, unreal. Strangely, the Byzantine church was open, but inside there were only two priests, in full compliance with the health rules. Both were reading the Bible, in an atmosphere that, had it not been for the masks and sanitary hand cleaner placed on the altar, would have been utterly and wonderfully mystical.

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